Kevin Beaver

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Kevin M. Beaver
Born (1977-09-17) September 17, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materOhio University, University of Cincinnati
Known forBiosocial criminology
AwardsAmerican Society of Criminology’s Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award, National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship
Scientific career
InstitutionsFlorida State University
ThesisThe Intersection of Genes, the Environment, and Crime and Delinquency: A Longitudinal Study of Offending (2006)
Doctoral advisorJohn Paul Wright
Notable studentsJ. C. Barnes, Brian Boutwell

Kevin Michael Beaver (born September 17, 1977)[1] is an American criminologist and the Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology at Florida State University's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he is also the director of the Distance Learning Program.[2]


Beaver graduated from Ohio University in 2000 with a B.A. in sociology, and received his M.S. in criminal justice in 2001 from the University of Cincinnati. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in criminal justice, also from the University of Cincinnati, in 2006.[3]


Beaver joined the faculty of Northern Kentucky University in 2006 as an instructor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.[3] That same year, he joined Florida State as an assistant professor, and became an associate professor in 2010.[3]


Beaver's research focuses on the field of biosocial criminology,[4] including studies on the causes of antisocial behaviors, such as delinquency, which he has said has both genetic and environmental causes.[2][5] He has also researched the link between parenting behavior and child intelligence,[6] as well as the potential for genetic factors to contribute to academic achievement in children.[7] His research has also found a link between a rare form of the MAOA gene (known as the "warrior gene") and violent behavior and weapon use among boys.[8]

Editorial activities[edit]

Beaver is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Drug Issues.[9]


  1. ^ "Kevin M. Beaver - DOB: 1977/09/17 - Tallahassee, FL". Florida Resident Database. Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  2. ^ a b "Kevin Beaver". Florida State University. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Kevin Beaver CV" (PDF). Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ Callaway, Ewen (21 June 2009). "'Gangsta Gene' Identified in U.S. Teens". ABC News. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ HealthDay (10 October 2008). "Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Genetics, not upbringing, main influencer in a child's IQ, study says". Fox News. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  7. ^ Paul, Annie Murphy (2012-07-18). "Born to Be Bright: Is There a Gene for Learning?". Time. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  8. ^ "'Warrior gene' linked to weapon use". UPI. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  9. ^ "Journal of Drug Issues". Sage Publications. Retrieved 22 December 2015.

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